Pittsfield Man Busted by Feds for His Involvement in the U.S. Capitol Riot
Federal Agents have arrested Troy Sargent of Pittsfield in connection with the January 6th riot at the U.S Capital in Washington D.C.. Sargent was bagged and tagged by agents and officers assigned to the FBI Boston’s Western Mass Joint Terrorism Task Force.
According to a “Statement of Facts” from the FBI, Sargent faces a slew of charges that could lock him up for years. The charges include; forcibly assaulting, resisting, opposing and impeding federal officers; knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; and knowingly engaging in physical violence in restricted building or grounds.
Case documents provided by the FBI state that a number of tips were provided to the authorities about Sargent’s presence at the riot as well as a selfie taken in front of a line of police in riot gear. Police body-cam footage was also discovered shows Sargent involved in the mayhem.
"Sargent moves forward to the front of the line, appears to throw a punch with his right hand at a police officer, inadvertently strikes another member of the crowd, and then retreats back into the crowd," a special agent wrote in the report on Sargent.
Pictures provided in FBI case document
A second clip of video allegedly shows another physical altercation. According to the special agent’s report "Sargent approaches the front of the crowd of rioters, confronts the line of police officers attempting to hold the crowd back, and physically engages with one of the officers with his right hand while holding what appears to be a cell phone in his left hand. Sargent appears to make physical contact with one or more law enforcement officers.”
Sargent is the seventh person to be arrested by the FBI's Boston Division in connection with the riot a number of them from the Berkshires.